today announced the winners of its 2012 scholarship program, which rewards five current college students with a total of $9,000 to put toward their higher educations.

Thousands of current college students nationwide answered the call during the 2012 Scholarship Program, submitting essays of 800 to 1,000 words or more that answered the following question:

“What creative solutions, programs and/or initiatives to stimulate the United States housing market, as well as to turn the foreclosure tide, must a presidential candidate outline/promise to earn your vote? Feel free to include your very own original stimulus plan and/or ideas in your response, which can also be used to enhance existing platforms from candidates and/or other influential thought leaders.”

Aric R. Olsen, a senior at University of Phoenix, however, was voted to the head of the class by a third-party judge, winning the $5,000 top prize. The program, which ran from Jan. 31 to Dec. 1, 2012, also awarded four $1,000 scholarships to the contest semifinalists.

The winners, with links to their essays, are below:

The company has already announced the 2013 Scholarship Program, which will once again run for the entire year until Dec. 15, 2013. To read the new topic, as well as learn more about the eligibility/submission requirements, visit the scholarship page (